Ekta Kapoor was selected amongst 30 high-profile contenders by a Panel of Judges, chaired by Usha Thorat, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Other eminent personalities on the panel included Acting US Consul General David Tyler and Farokh T. Balsara, Partner, Ernst & Young. The event was presided over by Keshub Mahindra - Chairman of Board of Patrons, Golden Jubilee Celebrations Committee. Also present at the occasion was U.S. Consul General Paul Folmsbee who spoke about future of Indo-U.S. Relations and the importance of bilateral cooperation in energy security and combating climate change.
Commenting on the award, Ekta Kapoor - Joint Managing Director- Balaji Telefilms Ltd., said, “It feels great to receive this award from the Indo-American Society and through the hands of His Excellency, the Governor of Maharashtra. Also, to be selected amongst 30 deserving candidates by an admired jury makes this award even special. I hope to take Balaji Telefilms Ltd to new heights with the support of our viewers and partners who have been a pillar of strength for my team and me”.
Keshub Mahindra - Chairman of Board of Patrons, Golden Jubilee Celebrations Committee, said, “The Indo-American Society, in the midst of its Golden Jubilee celebrations is delighted to have this memorable function organized at the Raj Bhavan and I am grateful to His Excellency the Governor for his initiative as a generous host. It is my pleasure to felicitate Ekta Kapoor with this award for the change she has brought to the Indian Entertainment Industry.”
Also commenting on the occasion, His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra S. C. Jamir said, “In today’s economically integrated world, economic relationships are the bedrock on which social, cultural and political relationships are built. With our engagement with the US expanding on many fronts, we need to focus on strengthening our relations in the field of education, right from school education to higher education and research. This will surely take our relations to a higher level. I wish and hope that the Indo-American Society will continue to play its role of facilitating exchanges and enhancing cooperation and understanding between the people of India and America. I congratulate IAS on its Golden Jubilee”.